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Re: Solar Energy Grid Tie Laws, Codes and Rules, Energy Policy Act, All In One Place
Reply #3 - Nov 26th, 2011 at 5:22pm
 
Oklahoma seems to be "Oklahoma Corporate Commission Order 326195".

The important parts: "utilities are not allowed to make additional requirements or extra charges for the interconnection of the customer-owned generating facilities".
http://www.serconline.org/netmetering/stateactivity.html

"and requiring customers to purchase liability insurance as a condition for interconnection is prohibited as well"
http://www.cleanenergyauthority.com/solar-incentives-and-rebates/oklahoma/

You should of course look up and READ the actual law.
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Reply #2 - Nov 26th, 2011 at 5:02pm
 
California, this seems to be this PUC rule:
http://law.onecle.com/california/utilities/2827.html

The good points are:

"(j) A solar or wind turbine electrical generating system, or a
hybrid system of both, used by an eligible customer-generator shall meet all applicable safety and performance standards established by the National Electrical Code, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and accredited testing laboratories, including Underwriters Laboratories and, where applicable, rules of the commission regarding safety and reliability. A customer-generator whose solar or wind turbine electrical generating system, or a hybrid system of both, meets those standards and rules shall not be required to install additional controls, perform or pay for additional tests, or purchase additional liability insurance."

Read the Nevada post comments below, it's the same thing but the legislature wrote it.

Basically, they try to make it easy for people to put up a simple GTI and solar panels and not have to go through a lot of paperwork or inspections etc...

Note the words "shall meet", not "APPROVED BY UL", "HAS A UL STAMP OF APPROVAL" or "TESTED BY UL" !! Again "shall meet" << READ IT!

And:

"(4) "Eligible customer-generator" means a residential customer, small commercial customer as defined in subdivision (h) of Section 331, or commercial, industrial, or agricultural customer of an electric utility, who uses a solar or a wind turbine electrical generating facility, or a hybrid system of both, with a capacity of not more than one megawatt that is located on the customer's owned, leased, or rented premises, and is interconnected and operates in parallel with the electric grid, and is intended primarily to offset part or all of the customer's own electrical requirements."
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Reply #1 - Nov 26th, 2011 at 4:38pm
 
The Nevada law: The important parts say (in part)....

"1. A utility shall offer net metering, as set forth in NRS 704.775, to the customer-generators operating within its service area."

"1. A net metering system used by a customer-generator must meet all applicable safety and power quality standards established by:
(a) The National Electrical Code;
(b) Underwriters Laboratories Inc.; and
(c) The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers.

2. A customer-generator whose net metering system meets such safety and quality standards must not be required by the utility to:
(a) Comply with additional standards or requirements;
(b) Perform additional tests;
(c) Install additional controls; or
(d) Purchase additional liability insurance, arising solely from his status as a customer-generator."

http://law.onecle.com/nevada/energy/704.774.html

And for those of you who can't seem to read, it doesn't say "UL APPROVED ONLY" !!! The words are "must meet" the standards. I repeat, "must meet" !!

It also doesn't say you need to be inspected, or that they can come in your home and look around. IT JUST DOESN'T SAY THAT!

I am really tired of people who don't actually read this stuff.

As a matter of fact, it goes on to SPECIFICALLY say a person doesn't have to do anything beyond that. Read part 2 again and again and see all the things people don't have to do!

The INTENT of legislation is very important. The intent of this legislation is to make it easy for a small "customer-generator" (the little guy at home with a small Grid Tie Inverter) to generate power and push it into the grid for others to use, or so he can use it later.

NEC is easy, just install things as an electrician would. Include a disconnect switch outside for the DC side of the panels just for safety. If your inverter plugs in to a normal wall socket, the normal house circuit breaker should do but you can put it on it's own separate circuit to be safe and prevent power spikes from other appliances getting to the GTI.

Check the GTI's specs against the "big" manufacturers and you should be within UL specs if it matches. The big thing with AC is the "Total Harmonic Distortion", you don't want to be putting a lot of noise on the power lines. All GTI's I have seen out there have very low THD.

IEEE is an electrical engineers group. They are about the same as the NEC.

For those of you who can get easily BS'ed by the power company, don't try this. Just keep paying for expensive power because you know the power company will give you a line of BS when you call and request a net meter (if you really want one, all the old ones run backwards already), they will say you have to do this and that and sign this and....

So if you aren't willing to stick the law in their face. Give up now.

Of course, if you don't have an agreement with them they don't have to pay you for the power, just give you KWH "credit" (in Nevada under this law).

And of course, none of this should be considered legal advice, contact your lawyer if you can't read plain english.

The other sections:
http://law.onecle.com/nevada/energy/704.773.html
http://law.onecle.com/nevada/energy/704.775.html
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Solar Energy Grid Tie Laws, Codes and Rules, Energy Policy Act, All In One Place
Nov 26th, 2011 at 3:54pm
 
I wanted to have one place where all the Grid Tie Laws, Codes and Rules are at. Feel free to post laws for your State.

Here's the Federal one I know of:

The Energy Policy Act of 2005 (Pub.L. 109-58) is a bill passed by the United States Congress on July 29, 2005, and signed into law by President George W. Bush on August 8, 2005.

IT REQUIRES ALL PUBLIC ELECTRIC UTILITIES TO OFFER NET METERING ON REQUEST TO THEIR CUSTOMERS;

And all the states (lower case "s" you should notice) have "adopted" the United States (the name of a government entity) Constitution as law, so this applies to them and any company - corporation that is created under their laws.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Energy_Policy_Act_of_2005
http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/PLAW-109publ58/content-detail.html

And here's a rather dated list of a lot of States info. You should GO AND READ THE ACTUAL LAW because site's like this may not have updated information or didn't read the law properly.
http://www.serconline.org/netmetering/stateactivity.html

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